Health chief praised for tobacco control

Updated: 2012-07-19 13:30

(China Daily)

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Health Minister Chen Zhu was recognized by the World Health Organization for his efforts in combating nicotine addiction in a country of 300 million smokers.

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan praised Chen's contribution to tobacco control in China.

About 1 million people in China die annually from diseases, including heart attacks and cancer, related to smoking, the Geneva-based organization said on Wednesday.

Chen, 59, said in March that he is trying to improve the way tobacco companies are regulated.